Saudi Arabia: Let’s Discover Jubbah


Lady Anne Blunt, the granddaughter of Lord Byron, and her husband Wilfrid arrived in Jubbah, Saudi Arabia in January 1879.  They were among the first travelers from the West to set foot in Jubbah.  She described Jubbah as “one of the most curious places in the world, and to my mind one of the most beautiful.”

Jubbah is located in the Hail region of Saudi Arabia and is about 350 kilometers from the capital city of Riyadh.  The city is among the ancient towns of Saudi Arabia and was built 7000 years ago!

Jubbah is known as the centerpiece of some 2000 known rock-art sites across Saudi Arabia. Rock art is recognized as sophisticated, complex and esthetically interesting evidence of how early humans socialized their landscapes. Pictures carved or pecked into rock speak to us all, however faintly or incomprehensibly, across great divides of time, and appeal powerfully to our imaginations. The “simple designs” that the Blunts saw can still be seen today: a veritable gallery of rock art that survives in the stark mountain area west of what is now a small modern town.

Among the most recent markings in the chronology of Jubbah’s early civilizations are 3000-year-old inscriptions in Thamudic, the oldest known script of the Arabian Peninsula. Majeed Khan, the leading authority on the rock art of Arabia and the Middle East, is currently an advisor to the national Antiquities Department; he has spent 27 years studying rock art and inscriptions. The Thamudic script, he says, “evolved independently within the Peninsula from an earlier rock-art system of communication, an embryonic form of writing employing elaborate signs and symbols as ideograms.”

This video features some interesting photos of Jubbah’s rock art.

6 Responses

  1. Amazing article!

  2. How many more people would enjoy this art if women were permitted to go there without having to be covered from head to toe. It is a shame. Till then we will have to be content to have video from travel sites.

  3. Actually at many of the different sites around the Kingdom women do not have to cover.

    I was with a mixed group at Maidan Saleh (men, women, expats, Saudis) and no one wore abayas. Some of the women chose to wear a hijjab but western clothes.

    Let’s talk about the history and beauty of the ancient site…I don’t think as many people are aware of such sites in the Kingdom.

  4. I am sure there are many including myself that had no idea.

  5. Its unknown coz it has no worth at islam and muslims ..unlike disbelievers who take pride in idol worship and idols ! in name of art

    but this is strane how did this thing survive there?

  6. Aren’t these the same Thamud as in the Qur’an?

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